Saturday, 22 October 2011

2ºESO: GALILEO GALILEI'S GREEN TEAM

 
As you all know, 25 students have been selected to take part in the inmersion project organized by the Ministry of Education. As a result, you will be spending a week in Jaca, the town where this programme will be carried out. There you will be tutored by two of your English teachers and by several Canadian and English-speaking instructors, who will develop different activities regarding the environment, all of them in English. Remember your goal is to improve your English, so you have to use English at all times.
As part of this inmersion project, you will also be doing some activities designed by your teachers everyday.

DAY 1

Warming up

Watch the following playlist with ads about enviormental issues.





In groups, discuss which one you like best and why and then cast your vote below:



Now listen to the song and try to fill in the blanks





Now take the following Can it be recycled? challenge





Your task for the next days is do some research on the topic and in groups you must create an awareness campaing we can take to our school by doing some posters on Glogster, designing some ads and and performing a play.

DAYS 2, 4 & 5

You will be working in groups to create the material mentioned above.
The videos and sites below may be useful if you need inspiration.

  • Learn how to make your school greener in the following website.


Clipped from: www.epa.gov (share this clip)



  • Watch this video to learn how to save energy:



  • Click on the image below to download the script for your play.



  • Fancy a game?

Friday, 21 October 2011

PRESENT PERFECT

It is time to revise the main uses of the Present Perfect. We need it to express important things about our lives.


  • Complete the 9 activities on the site below.



In the following presentation you have all the uses and more practice


Pay attention to the video to understand the different uses of AGO, SINCE and FOR and try the challenge below the video

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Check the use of FOR and SINCE in the following activities.


1.- For / Since
2.- For / Since
3.- For / Since
 

Now have fun with the following games.


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You can keep playing lots of different games here.

Finally, watch the following cartoons where Present Perfect has been used.


Thursday, 20 October 2011

FAME AND CELEBRITIES


Let's do some revision and extension on the topic of fame and celebrities.

Lots of people seem to be willing to do anything as long as they get their "fifteen minutes of fame", as Andy Warhol said in 1968. As things have turned out, the rise of celebrity culture and reality television in the Western world since then has shown Warhol to be quite prophetic.




1.- Dictation. Listen to the MP3 file below and complete the blanks








2.- Vocabulary: Revise some of the words studied so far by doing some of the free activities on the site below:


3.- Now take the following quiz and find out which celebrity you would be. Share your results with us in a comment. Tell us who you are and something about you.


4.- Think of a celebrity and challenge Akinator to guess the identity.

Monday, 17 October 2011

WHAT ARE WE LIKE?





Let's keep revising and learning more adjectives you can use to describe someone's personality.


Complete the following activities and you will learn all the vocabulary.




1.- QUIZZLET
First learn the adjectives in the following flashcards.




Now complete all the activities below




2.- WHAT ARE THE SIMPSONS LIKE?
Read about the Simpsons characters and choose the correct adjectives



3.- DESCRIBING PEOPLE
Watch the video below and answer the questions on the left.



Listen to the song by Christina Aguilera and write a post with the personality adjectives she mentions in her song.




Finally in pairs create your own word cloud in worldle with as many adjectives as you remember. The more times you type a word, the bigger it will appear on your wordle. When you are done, save it to the public gallery and send me the url. Check a sample here.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

GRAMMAR REVISION FOR BTO

If you think you need to revise your English grammar for Bachillerato, you should start before it's too late. Luckily for you, there are many resources on the Internet to improve your English. However, you may not find what's best for your needs. Below you will find two websites which will help you with what you really need this year. I hope they prove useful to you.


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In the website below you can practice your reading skills.

If you want to practice your writing skills, try the following website.


Friday, 7 October 2011

STEVE JOBS: THINK DIFFERENT

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.” Steve Jobs, as quoted in The Wall Street Journal (Summer 1993). 
And indeed he did many wonderful things. As U.S. President Barack Obama said, Mr Jobs was “bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it”.
Let's pay tribute to him by watching this video where we can learn a bit more about his life and his life philosophy:
- The first story is about connecting the dots.
- The second story is about love and loss.
- The third story is about death.





Try to answer the following questions:

-WHY DO YOU THINK HIS MOTHER DECIDED TO PUT HIM UP FOR ADOPTION?
-WHERE DID HE START WORKING WITH APLE?
-HOW MANY EMPLOYEES DID APLE GET TO HAVE IN JUST TWO YEARS?
-WHAT HAPPENED WHEN HE WAS 30?
-DID THAT MAKE HIM ANY GOOD? WHY?
-WHY DID HE RETURN TO APPLE?
-WHAT KEPT HIM GOING WHEN THINGS GOT ROUGH?
-HOW DOES KNOWING HE’S GOING TO DIE HELP HIM?
-WHY IS DEATH HEALTHY?
-WHAT WILL MAKE THE DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LIFE?


Here is the first Think Different Apple commercial that never aired, narrated by Steve Jobs: "Here's to the Crazy Ones". What makes great people great?



 "Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square  holes, the ones who see things differently. They are not fond of rules and they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things, they push the human race forward. 
While some may have seen them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."


There are 17 great people in the commercial. How many did you recognize?

Writing Task for 2ºBTO

1. Write an essay describing the kind of company you would like to start.
2. Write an essay in which you compare Bill Gates of Microsoft and Steve Jobs of Apple.
3. In his comment speech at Stanford University, Jobs spoke about how he used the idea that we could die at any time as a way of motivating himself to work hard. Write an essay in which you either agree with this idea and provide reasons, or why you disagree with this idea.
4. Today is the last day of your life. Write an essay describing what things you would do with your time.